The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has announced that US weekly ethanol production averaged 1.02 million bpd through the first six months of 2017, up 5% over the same period in 2016.
US ethanol production set a record of 1.06 million bpd in the week of 27 January 2017, and it has averaged near or above 1 million bpd in every week of 2017 except for a few weeks in April.
The EIA notes that large corn harvests have contributed to increased ethanol production in recent years.
Total ethanol production is expected to reach 1.02 million bpd in 2017, a rate equivalent to 15.8 billion gal.
In the United States, ethanol is primarily used as a blending component in the production of motor gasoline and mainly blended in volumes up to 10% ethanol, also known as E10. Ethanol production has increased in recent years as a result of higher renewable fuel standard (RFS) targets and growth in domestic motor gasoline consumption.
Exports of ethanol have also been increasing, averaging 96 000 bpd through the first four months of 2017, which is up 40% on the corresponding period of last year.
In its latest ‘Short-Term Energy Outlook’, the EIA forecasts that US ethanol net exports will reach nearly 80 000 bpd in 2017, likely surpassing the previous record of 70 000 bpd set in 2011.
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